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Bush Said to Be Close to Naming FCC Nominees

Jul 29, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Moving to give Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin a Republican majority at the agency, President Bush was expected as soon as late Friday to nominate Richard Russell and Deborah Taylor Tate to be commissioners at the FCC, sources said.

Mr. Russell, a biologist by training, is associate director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Ms. Tate, a lawyer, is a director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, which regulates telecommunications and utility firms in the state.

As recently as last Tuesday, sources said another White House staffer — Mike Meece, special assistant to the president and deputy director of the office of public liaison — was poised to get the seat that now appears destined for Mr. Russell. But one industry source said Mr. Russell appeared to have more relevant background for the FCC post because he has been serving as the White House’s FCC liaison.